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Gurdjieff's Special Script

Gurdjieff’s Aphorisms

Like what “it” does not like. The highest that a man can attain is to be able to do. The worse the conditions of life the more productive the work, always provided you remember the work. Remember yourself always and everywhere. Remember you come here having already understood the necessity of struggling with yourself—only with …

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Religion Expressed as Humiliation Avoidance

The following material was introduced in the discussion of a class project, the formulation of an enneagram which describes the process of mitigating the effects of a “low quality of being” as they are creating some contemporary difficulties for men and “Life on Earth.” Class project, January, 2009. Notes on abbreviations: Si — the intellectual …

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Enneagrams In Conflict?

A Story From My Life (at least, from one day in my life) Each morning, that is, those particular mornings when the New Mexico weather is suitable for such an undertaking, I ride my trusty old bicycle to the coffee shop for tea. Once there this morning, I noticed an attractive brochure neatly residing on …

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A Home Exercise: Formatory Challenge

Having Fun and Learning Lessons With the Mechanical Part of the Intellectual Center Why “Formatory Challenge?” This exercise is called “Formatory Challenge” because the primary process being exercised is the mechanical part of the Intellectual center (Im in Brain Systems nomenclature). Im processes, in this case, may be characterized as mainly those which carry models …

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A Home Exercise: Decision Isolation

Decision Isolation A stream of thoughts flows through the mind of a man as time passes. A small fraction of them are active decisions. Passive decisions can be characterized as involuntary and automatic. For example, the function of the autonomic nervous system is passive in this respect. IN definitely decides that the heart should make …

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Notes on the Energy in Man – Part Three

Reconsider Martfotai The Strivings of Ashiata Shiemash Strivings 1st to have in their ordinary being-existence everything satisfying and really necessary for their planetary body 2nd to have a constant and unflagging instinctive need for self-perfection in the sense of being 3rd the conscious striving to know ever more and more concerning the laws of world-creation …

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